separate wheat from chaff

separate the wheat from the chaff

To separate the good or valuable from that which is inferior. With so many manuscripts arriving daily, it's a challenge to separate the wheat from the chaff and spot the really exceptional ones.
See also: chaff, separate, wheat

separate wheat from chaff

Sort the valuable from the worthless, as in I hope we'll get a preview of the auction so we can separate the wheat from the chaff. This idiom alludes to the ancient practice of winnowing grain.
See also: chaff, separate, wheat
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People are able to separate wheat from chaff. At some point, they understand what is good for them and what is gimmick and jumla.
Why not hold an inquiry into our wars to separate wheat from chaff.
Millennial aren't stupid; that quote-unquote cynicism means they deftly separate wheat from chaff. And if they keep seeing unimaginative riffs on the same colors and fonts, they're going to start rolling their eyes.
In order to separate wheat from chaff, Claims'Eric Gilkey spoke with Kevin Turner, executive vice president for Cambridge Integrated Services--a company that minimizes claim and loss costs--to find out what will shape the workers' compensation industry in the near future.
Being part of an even larger network of detectors would also help the instruments separate wheat from chaff and triangulate on celestial sources.
But while the book under review may be of some value for more advanced students of early modern magical thought, readers will need a good deal of scholarly discrimination to separate wheat from chaff.
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